Burnell Cotlon is talking intently to the soft-spoken woman on the other end of the line.
“Can you hear me, Grandma? What’chu want down there?” he asks. ” Some bread, some ham and cheese?”
The woman requests a jug of Hawaiian Punch.
“I’ll drop it off to you, okay?” he confirmed. “Yes, ma’am.”
It was a quick phone call for Cotlon, but a lifeline for the woman he calls Grandma and the thousands of other residents who live in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.
More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and all but destroyed the Lower Ninth, Cotlon has sunk every cent of his life savings into restoring the quiet neighborhood to the family-friendly community he remembers from his childhood.
Visit him here:
Lower 9th Ward Market
2036 Caffin Ave
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